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Review: 'The Bag Man' Starring Robert De Niro, John Cusack & Crispin Glover

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • February 28, 2014 12:04 PM
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The Bag Man
The first sign there is something seriously wrong with “The Bag Man” is the poster. In the same size font, we see the names of the film’s three stars: John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, and Robert De Niro. Equal billing for Cusack, De Niro, and … Da Costa? Who is Rebecca De Costa? Why is her name given equal status? And for that matter, why does De Niro look like Bernie Madoff playing Robert Evans, or vice versa? And why does Cusack look more like Richard Nixon here than he did playing Nixon in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”? And what to make of the writing underneath the title “The Bag Man”? It reads: “THE CAT’S IN THE BAG,” followed by “INSPIRED BY THE STORY ‘THE CAT’ BY MARIE-LOUISE VON FRANZ”? What the hell is happening here?!

Exclusive: Robert De Niro Speaks Arabic In Clip From David O. Russell's 'American Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 1:09 PM
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"De Niro is extremely meticulous when he's really passionate about something and we had endless conversations," director David O. Russell said last fall at a press conference for "American Hustle." "He loved the fact that this man [Victor Tellegio] spoke Arabic—which happens to be one of the true things in the story. Truth is crazier than fiction, but there was a mobster who spoke Arabic... He was really into meticulously constructing this guy. He wanted to do something he'd never done before." And the result is one of the most memorable moments in the film.

Watch: John Cusack Is 'The Bag Man' For Robert De Niro In First Trailer For Crime Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 2:48 PM
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The Bag Man
File this under: movies you forgot existed. As much as he's a bonafide legend, and will go down as one of the great actors of his time, Robert De Niro still will sign on to the most random, middling fare from time to time. Which brings us to "The Bag Man." Never heard of it? Well, maybe you'll recall when it was first announced a couple years ago under the title "Motel." Still doesn't ring any bells? Don't sweat it because the first trailer is here.

Robert De Niro Sought For Lead Role In 'Gambling Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2013 10:02 AM
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It's a little odd to issue a press release noting the actors you are seeking to play a lead role in your film, but if you want to get attention for your hitherto unknown project, it's a way to go we suppose. And certainly one can't ignore the name Robert De Niro.

Review: 'Grudge Match' is 'Rocky' vs. 'Raging Bull,' But We Lose

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • December 23, 2013 8:30 PM
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Grudge Match
“Grudge Match” can’t possibly live up to its billing, which essentially pits "Raging Bull" pugilist Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) against “Rocky” namesake Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), finally settling the bets of cinematic boxing fans everywhere. The film’s narrative echoes the problem its stars face: can two former champions remind of us why we rooted for them in the first place?

Harvey Weinstein Says Matt Damon To Return For 'Rounders 2,' Robert De Niro Eyed For Villain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 11:48 AM
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Rounders 2
Ready for some new old news? Here we go: Way back in 2010, The Weinstein Company and Miramax announced a deal that would find TWC putting into production sequels for some of the biggest movies from the studio they once started, as well as developing television offshoots too. Nothing happened. But thanks to new money and investors, these are now back on the docket.

Robert De Niro Says He & Martin Scorsese Haven't Forgotten 'The Irishman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 2:41 PM
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While the promise of the long-gestating "The Irishman" has kept fans excited for years, the reality of it being made continues to be somewhat vaporous. Certainly, it could be something great with an all-star cast of the long-attached Robert De Niro along with the potential Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel a mouth-watering prospect. But the years continue to stack up, and Scorsese always finds other movies to make besides this one, though De Niro just wants you to know the project still exists and maybe it'll one day still get made.

Robert De Niro Still Interested In 'Taxi Driver' Sequel Despite The Fact Scorsese & Schrader Have Moved On

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 15, 2013 4:00 PM
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Have you ever been in a meeting with someone and you vehemently affirm why something is a terrible idea, state your case with myriad examples and while you’re talking, glowering across the table, you notice the subject in question nodding their head in agreement, but you have that horrible nagging sensation that they’re not really listening to you at all? This is how we picture conversations between Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Paul Schrader about a proposed “Taxi Driver” sequel.

Nancy Meyers' 'The Intern' Revived With Robert De Niro & Reese Witherspoon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 3:26 PM
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When one door closes, another opens so the saying goes, particularly if you're famed writer/director Nancy Meyers. While a brewing project written by "The Spectacular Now" writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber will no longer have her services, a previous project she was brewing at Paramount before they stuck it in turnaround is now revived.

Savannah Review: 'Last Vegas' Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman & Kevin Kline

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2013 10:06 AM
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With "The Hangover" boys having seemingly exploited every debauchery laden avenue Las Vegas has to offer and then some, another party-happy movie set in the city might seem like a tired notion. Particularly when it's combined with a premise as wheezy and obvious as this, getting four older men together for one last hurrah in the city where your sins remain secret. But somehow, "Last Vegas" is better than it has any right to be. Yes, it's uneven, more jokes miss than hit, and it winds up taking easy dramatic shortcuts from the more interesting avenues that the script presents, but it's thanks to the lead quartet that the comedy is as engaging at it is.

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